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Director:
Writers:
Kan Shimozawa (story) and
Taeko Asano (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 October 2008 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Haruka Ayase ... Ichi

Shidô Nakamura ... Banki
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Toraji Shirakawa
Takao Ohsawa ... Toma Fujihira
Gô Rijû ... Kihachi

Mayumi Sada ... Mitsu
Tetsuo Yamashita
Ayumu Saitô
Toru Tezuka
Kumiko Tsuchiya
Shirô Namiki ... Kataoka
Tetta Sugimoto ... Blind man
Megumi Yokoyama ... Toma's mother
Eri Watanabe ... Ohama
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi
Akira Emoto ... Chobei Shirakawa
Yûto Nakano
Shôichirô Masumoto
Ryôsuke Shima ... Kotaro
Katsuya
Kôji Motegi
Yuuki Natsusaka
Kotarô Tomomitsu
Kôichi Taniguchi
Kenji Yoshioka
Issei Okihara ... Ushitora
Yasuomi Sano
Mitsuki Koga ... Jako
Ryûki Kitaoka
Tadashi Oiwa
Usagi Kôno ... Blind Vaudevillian
Yukina Kashiwa ... Young Ichi
Kazuma Chiba ... Young Toma
Wakako Matsuzaka ... Blind Vaudevillian
Reita Serizawa
Toshiki Masuda ... Thug
Masaki Katô
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûko Endô
Daishirô Hano
Horiken
Yoshihiro Ishizuka
Eiko Kotake ... Blind Vaudevillian
Hiroki Matsukata
Masaaki Nagae
Riki Takeuchi
R. Bruce Elliott ... Chobei Shirakawa (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Todd Haberkorn ... Toraji (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Lau ... Blind Vaudevillian (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Andy Mullins ... Villager (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Brina Palencia ... Ichi (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Brandon Potter ... Thug (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Christopher Sabat ... Gambling Thug (voice: English version) (uncredited)
J. Michael Tatum ... Banki (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Kent Williams ... Banki's Follower (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Fumihiko Sori 
 
Writing credits
Kan Shimozawa  story and characters and
Taeko Asano  screenplay

Produced by
Nobuhiro Azuma .... producer
Yoshitaka Hori .... producer
Yoshio Irie .... producer
Sumio Kiga .... producer
Hiroyoshi Koiwai .... producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Yûji Shimamoto .... producer
Yasushi Umemura .... producer
Takeshi Yamaoka .... producer
Kôji Yoshida .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Edwards 
Lisa Gerrard 
 
Cinematography by
Keiji Hashimoto (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mototaka Kusakabe 
 
Art Direction by
Takashi Sasaki 
 
Sound Department
Adrian Cook .... sound re-recording mixer
Koji Kasamatsu .... sound effects (as Kôji Kasamatsu)
 
Visual Effects by
Tadao Matsuno .... visual effects supervisor
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sequences of bloody violence, and brief sexuality
Runtime:
120 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2009) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Japan:PG-12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45593)
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Version of The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)See more »
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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The newest blind swordsman is a woman., 16 October 2011
Author: lewiskendell from United States

Imagine if Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman had an adopted daughter that was also blind and that he taught his sword skills. Also imagine that he left her at goze house as he went out on his travels, and she grew up to be a skilled musician. That's basically Ichi, a satisfying spin on the long-running saga of the blind swordsman.

The plot centers on Ichi's search for Zatoichi (who has been missing for quite some time), her tragic back-story, a feud between two yakuza gangs in an inn town, and a traveling warrior that eventually befriends Ichi. Haruka Ayase makes for a good (and absolutely gorgeous) Ichi, and plays her as soft-spoken, reserved and stoic while letting her determination, dangerousness, and lighter side break through when appropriate. Ayase is also great in the action scenes, which are pretty well done and bloody without crossing the line into gory. 

I liked Ichi. There's nothing groundbreaking about it, but I enjoyed the characters (even though the antagonists are unfortunately two dimensional) and the balance between fighting and character development/story is excellent. This isn't a pure action film by any means, it's fairly leisurely-paced outside of action scenes (Ichi doesn't play around with her enemies). There's more than enough here to make the story of the blind swordsman(woman) worth visiting again. 

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